Saturday, February 13, 2016

Market for Vick; defending McNabb

Sorry we're late to the party today.

Market for Vick; defending McNabb

Donovan McNabb stands next to Michael Vick at Cowboys Stadium. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Donovan McNabb stands next to Michael Vick at Cowboys Stadium. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Sorry we're late to the party today.

Several links to pass along today regarding Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, etc.

Let's start with Vick.

Sources close to Vick tell Jason La Canfora of they anticipate him playing in another city in 2010, and he's focused on being a starter. La Canfora mentions several potential landing spots: Buffalo, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Carolina and Oakland.

It will be interesting to see what the market is for Vick, and also what kind of value he has. I don't think the backlash was as strong as anticipated when the Eagles signed him back in August. Overall, he did not impress in his first year back, but Vick did show flashes, particularly in the second half of the season.

Now on to McNabb. We've been bringing you opinions from football people across the country, who are weighing in on where McNabb will be playing next season, and where he should be playing.

A couple more to add to the mix.

In a WIP radio interview last week, Fox analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman defended McNabb's play over the lasat decade.

"To just say that Donovan doesn't get it done is obviously unfair," Aikman said. "I think there's a lot more that goes into it. To say that he doesn't get it done or the Eagles don't get it done, I think then you gotta stop and ask yourself the question as to where would this team be without Donovan. Maybe Donovan's gotten this team further than what they maybe should get."

Aikman suggested that McNabb will be more appreciated in Philadelphia once someone else is playing quarterback for the Birds.

"I'm a fan of Donovan's," Aikman said. "He's one of those guys, and maybe it's just the nature of Philadelphia, I'm not sure... People say that the same thing held true with Ron Jaworski -- that he probably won't be truly appreciated for what he has done for that team and that city until he's gone."

I thought Aikman's take on McNabb's air guitaring prior to kickoff in the playoff game was interesting. If you remember, Aikman did not hold back last season in the playoffs when he was calling the game and McNabb picked up the phone on the Giants' sideline.

"Sometimes I just don't know what goes through Donovan's head," Aikman said. "I think it was an attempt to show everybody that he was loose, but I thought it showed the opposite. I thought it was a real reach to try to be relaxed and give that impresssion. I mean, obviously, he knew there was a camera there. I was surprised by it. It didn't impact anything, but as soon as I saw it, I said 'Wow, I hope he goes out and plays well now because if he doesn't, that's gonna be the image that a lot of people are gonna be left with.'"

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock joined the  midday guys at WIP last week also. He, too, defended McNabb.

"I think we love to kill Donovan and Andy in this town because they [quote] haven't produced the one thing we covet the most as Philadelphians," Mayock said. "But I think when you take a step back and realize how good they both are at what they do. You better be careful for what you wish for because you might get it."

By the way, if you're confused on some of the implications of the uncapped year, check out our Eagles video page. Andrew Brandt, who has previously worked as a consultant for the Eagles, and is the president of the National Football Post, joined me to shoot a couple videos about what the uncapped year could potentially mean.
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